Geoff Baker | Adding Up the Everything We Lost

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Adding Up the Everything We Lost

by Geoff Baker

Songs about things it's too late to fix--catchy tunes, penetrating lyrics, and addictive melodies
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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2. Hope Is Not a Compass, It\'s a Cloud
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3. Gaslight (Oh Tomorrow)
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4. None of This Is Real
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Paul Kerr, of Americana UK, writes: "Baker, from California, plans to release a trilogy of five song EPs this year and if they are as good as this, the initial installment, they will be well worth watching out for. Excellent lyrics, arresting images and descriptions. Baker promises much and here delivers it."

Luna Kafe's online reviews: "Stirring melodies . . . The lyrics are wry and poignant."

"I used to live for hope, but now I know I can't handle it."
--from the song, "Gaslight (Oh Tomorrow)"

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This 5-song EP is Geoff Baker's first release since 2004, when his full-length debut ("Know the Rain Here") and an angry political EP ("Patriot Acts") got scattered international airplay. Both projects also earned Geoff praise for their fierce honesty, insightful lyrical originality, and fresh and catchy blend of traditional folk styles and innovative arrangements. London's Time Out magazine called “Patriot Acts” a “fine line in protest song,” and Jeff Lisciandrello, of New Jersey’s Upstage Magazine, hailed “Know the Rain Here” as "a rare combination of effortless finger-picking, mesmerizing vocals, deep lyrics and beautiful melodies" that was "nothing short of unforgettable."

The new CD, “Adding Up the Everything We Lost,” continues in that vein. The lyrics are personal and incisive, and while they chronicle things that went wrong they find energy in the memories. Musically, the songs range from Geoff’s virtuoso finger-picking (“Hope Is Not a Compass,” “Dolorosa”) to all-ahead acoustic rock (“Gaslight”), to meditative balladry about past perfect mornings (“None of This Is Real”), to an indescribable blend of songwritery introspection and sheer road-trip momentum (“Indiana”). This album tries to put its finger on the exact moment where things came apart, it does it while singing along, and it offers you a sonic band-aid for things it’s too late to fix. This is the first of three EPs on the theme of loss, and the follow-up, "Where Are You Now?", will appear in the spring of 2010.

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Geoff was born in Inglewood, California, borrowed a guitar at the age of 14 and never really gave it back. He lives in northern California and is hard at work on the next CD, "Where Are You Now?"

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Eric Kvortek, Geoff Baker, and John Staedler produced, engineered and mixed in various studios, basements, and bedrooms in New Jersey and California.

Alan Douches mastered at West West Side Music in New York.

Geoff played guitars, bass, keyboards, and percussion, programmed drum and noise loops, and sang.

Austin Faxon played drums on “Gaslight (Oh Tomorrow).”


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Paul Kerr, Americana UK

Very nice addition to the singer songwriter tradition.
Baker, from California, plans to release a trilogy of five song EPs this year and if they are as good as this, the initial instalment, they will be well worth watching out for. Playing the majority of the instruments himself and with some excellent lyrics Baker seems to work in same field as vintage Paul Simon or Jackson Browne. Referencing, among others,Dylan, Van Morrison and The Grateful Dead these are in the main forlorn love songs, stories of young lovers' relationships gone wrong. In “Indiana” the singer is heading from New York after a beating (him or her? It doesn’t tell). In “Hope is not a Compass, It’s a Cloud” his girl leaves him because he can’t tolerate the length of Grateful dead songs. There are arresting images and descriptions, “I’d never seen your old man look so old/Like someone took his air and left him standing there” and “I woke up next to you the morning your divorce came through/Backseat in a Little Rock parking lot with a head too hurt to be true/You prayed for love sweet love but baby I’m all they sent/Not much to look at or shake a book at but good for half the rent.

With a pleasant voice and a twinkling brace of instrumental flourishes on several of the songs Baker promises much and here delivers it. Hopefully the rest of his trilogy is of a similar calibre. (reviewed 9 March 2009)